I am about half way through this year of walking, essentially a series of monthly recces for future projects and walking though of ideas. This is what I have learned and what I have observed:
- An informal collaborative social network approach seems to work….list of 20 walkers to date
- Social media is no replacement for old style participatory arts development…need to take this further and bring in wider networks
- Walking tours are popular..making the transition to something collaborative is a challenge, people expect to be led on walking tour
- Story/narrative is vital , a clear storyline reinforces the narrative structure of the walk itself and thus gives a walk coherence. Cf HonouringEsther
- Sound, both oral testimony and other voices and music help generate depth and engagement for walkers and online
- Walking and social media is not something many feel comfortable with…I can walk and type only twisted my ankle once.
- Live online active participation is rare but the number of people engaged especially in the almost live facebook updates is considerable acrtoss a range of projects
- Length of walk, in time, as well as time to build relationships amongst wlakers on foot, enables an audience and audience online participation to build
- Length of walk in distance builds respect, those meeting walkers or following online recognise that an effort has been made
- Staged, themed stopping points for talk/ drawing/ capture of sound and images/gathering thoughts produce timed clustering of live postings, the audience knows when to check in, walkers, especially those new to social media feel some sense of solidarity.